Biography of Alva J. Smith
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Smith, Alva J. (deceased), was born in the town of Ellisburgh, Jefferson county, N. Y., a son of Solomon Smith, who was a farmer of Ellisburgh. Alva J. was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. He was a carpenter by trade and afterwards engaged in the manufacture of sash and blinds in the village of Ellisburgh. In politics he was an ardent Democrat, but not an aspirant to office. He married Leonora E., daughter of Sanford B. Holley. Mr. Smith was a member of the I. O. O. F. of Belleville, and also of Rising Light Lodge No. 687, F. & A. M., of Belleville. He took a great interest in the building of the Episcopal church in Ellisburgh, and attended and supported the same. He died January 7, 1887, and his widow and her sister, Mrs. Metcalf, now reside in the village of Ellisburgh. Mrs. Smith is a lady well educated and well informed in all literary subjects in which she takes a great interest. She is a member of the Episcopal church of Ellisburgh, to which she contributes liberally.

 

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